International Spotlight

Academic Residency at Illinois Welcomes 14 Government Officials and Higher Education Administrators from 7 Countries

Illinois International
7/30/2015  5:00 pm

July 30, 2015 – The U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the Institute of International Education (IIE), welcomed 41 government officials and higher education administrators from 18 countries to the United States for the EducationUSA Leadership Institutes, which started on July 28th, 2015. The participants include Mohamed Aboussalah, Secretary General of Higher Education for Morocco’s Ministry of Higher Education; Kostyantyn Kyrychenko Deputy Vice Rector from Sumy State University in Ukraine; and Reiko Aoki, Professor & Executive Vice President of Kyushu University in Japan.

These three institutes are a new initiative designed to increase understanding of U.S. higher education and to provide a unique opportunity for representatives from the United States and participating countries to cultivate a globally competent workforce. Education is one of the United States’ top exports, with a trade surplus of $20.7 billion, according to the most recent Top Markets Report from the Department of Commerce.

During the three Leadership Institutes, participants will complete academic residencies and explore topics such as the internationalization of graduate education, industry-private sector linkages, and student mobility. Each cohort will be made up of 12 to 16 foreign government officials and higher education administrators who were nominated by U.S. embassies abroad.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will host one of the academic residencies, bringing 14 educators to the Urbana campus to explore opportunities for capacity building and international collaboration in the area of “Campus Internationalization: Institutional Structures to Support Inbound and Outbound Student Mobility.” The primary aim of this workshop will be to build institutional capacity among the participants in both sending domestic students overseas and receiving foreign students for short-term study and full degree programs at their home institutions.

“Participants for our Institute hail from Bolivia, China, Ecuador, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine, among others,” said Dr. Matt Rosenstein, Director of Global Education and Training (GET) at the University of Illinois. “This represents an excellent opportunity for us—not only to share our best practices in supporting student mobility with a diverse group, but also to learn from them about similarities and differences in practices in their home countries.”

The other two institutes will be held at the following U.S. partner organizations:

- Saint Louis University will host the Campus Internationalization: U.S. Graduate Education Leadership Institute in Saint Louis, MO and will provide 16 participants with insight into the process of graduate student admission in the United States and the establishment and maintenance of international research collaborations.

- StudyColorado will host the Industry-Private Sector Linkages & Innovation: Energy Sector Partnerships Leadership Institute in Denver, CO to provide 12 participants with an opportunity to explore the collaboration between higher education and the energy sector, while focusing on workforce development, research and development, and curricular reform.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was chosen to host the Institute after a selective competition administered by the Institute of International Education on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.

“It’s truly an honor to be selected as one of three sites for the prestigious EducationUSA Leadership Institutes,” said Dr. Reitu Mabokela, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies at Illinois. “We are proud to welcome such a distinguished group of professional educators from around the world and to offer our distinctly international campus as the perfect meeting place for this robust global exchange of ideas and expertise.”

The EducationUSA Leadership Institutes are a component of the State Department’s EducationUSA network of hundreds of advising centers around the world that provide prospective international students with accurate, current, and comprehensive information about U.S. higher education while supporting U.S. colleges’ and universities’ international student recruitment efforts.


About the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) creates connections between the United States and countries of the world through people-to-people exchange programs to advance U.S. foreign policy. ECA builds networks through academic, professional, youth, sports, cultural and private exchanges that include approximately 40,000 participants annually. For more information on the State Department’s educational and cultural exchange programs, visit or


About the Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 19 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,400 member institutions. For additional information, visit


About Illinois International

Illinois International is a central resource for all things international at the University of Illinois, comprised of more than 20 sub-units, including International Student and Scholar Services, Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange, GET, and our six Title VI Area studies centers. We strive to maintain and strengthen the University’s reputation as a leader of excellence in international research, education, and engagement, advancing our vision of being the premiere international research university with a land-grant mission and global impact. According to the most recent Open Doors report, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has the largest international student body of all public universities in the United States. For more information, see


Global Education and Training (GET) is a sub-unit of Illinois International. It provides high-quality development and training programs designed to serve an array of executive leaders, professionals, and students from around the world. A unit within Illinois International Programs, GET builds on decades of experience at the University of Illinois in delivering exceptional education and training programs to visiting international delegations in a variety of fields. GET’s programs attract and serve higher education administrators, international business managers, government officials, top students, and others seeking a unique opportunity to expand their knowledge at a pre-eminent U.S. university. Drawing on the breadth and depth of expertise at the University of Illinois, GET programs typically include lectures and seminars on specialized topics, practical training sessions, site visits, cultural tours of regional cities and landmarks, and social activities. Programs can vary in length from one week to ten months. 

To learn more about programs offered by GET and to request a customized program for your institution or group, contact the GET Director, Dr. Matt Rosenstein, at


For press inquiries, please contact:

- S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs:, 202-632-6452

- Institute of International Education: Sharon Witherell, Director, Public Affairs:, 212-984-5380

- EducationUSA, Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs: Krishna Das, Program Officer,, 202-632-6339

- Illinois International, Veerle Opgenhaffen, Associate Director of Advancement, 217-262-0417